Nexus 5 benchmark vs. iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, LG G2

By Peter Chubb - Nov 2, 2013

All the rumors on the Nexus 5 does not mean a thing now because one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year is available to buy, which is right around the time of when we expected the release date to be. This means that we will start to see the inevitable comparison between its rivals, which as we know will be the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, LG G2, Xperia Z1 and the HTC One.

While we do not have to worry about what the design of the Nexus 5 is like because it is staring us right in the face, performance is a different matter. When all those rumors were flying about there were some strange claims, some of them suggesting the Nexus 5 would the most powerful Android handset on the market, so how does it stand up in the real world now we know the specs?

We no longer have to guess about this because the first Nexus 5 benchmark tests are in and the results are not what was claimed all those months back. If you were hoping to see the Nexus 5 wipe the floor with its rivals, then you will be disappointed because in all the tests the iPhone 5S came out above it

Nexus 5 benchmark 1

Don’t let that put you off though; the Nexus 5 is still a very capable handset, which you can see in the results below thanks to Phone Arena.

Nexus 5 benchmark 2

Three benchmark tests were run with the first being the Sunspider benchmark. The iPhone 5S came out on top, with the Nexus 5 in second. Next was the Basemark X on-screen test, and again it was the iPhone 5S on top and the Nexus 5 down in 4th, with the LG G2 just above and the Galaxy S4 below. The final test was GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen test, with the Note 3 coming above its rivals. The Google Nexus 5 was third.

Nexus 5 benchmark 3

We have included all the results above for you, but it is clear to see the Nexus 5 performance is not as we had hoped, but then again did we really expect those early rumors to be true?

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  • Chris Caldwell

    booo no N5 in the mix? no wonder the iphone looked decent.

  • MrChris

    Anyone who knows about benchmarking knows that Sunspider is a particularly bad benchmark to use. It’s very old and It doesn’t test the things that matter in a modern javascript environment, Virtually all the components are heavily weighted by string concatenation.

  • Zatarra

    Absolute nonsense.
    Of course the iPhone preforms better on onscreen benchmarks. It has less pixels the fill!
    And we now all know that Samsung cheats at benchmarks. Given they use the same chip performance will be comparable.
    Oh and did you mention the iSheep phone is about 3 times as expensive as the nexus 5?

    • Dano

      This is another myth about the iPhone 5s resolution enabling a higher
      frame rate. The iPad Air has the same hardware as the 5s, but has a
      stonking 2056 x1536 resolution, and it still out performs its competition. The Air is roughly equal
      in performance to the 5s in benchmarks (its a bit higher!). Plus, a lot
      of tests aredone “off screen” which removes this potential difference
      and the 5s still outperforms the others in most tests (though not all).

      Also, I’m getting over this “isheep” crap. Only IOS devices are take seriously by serious industries, like aviation, mining, music creation etc. They all think android is an unstable toy; with poor touch and audio latencies, bad software and hardware fragmentation, poor and inconsistent API’s, and so on.